Verizon cuts pricing to match AT&T's much advertised Mobile Share deal

Verizon cuts pricing to match AT&T's much advertised Mobile Share deal
Surely you've seen those AT&T ads where a family of four "yups" its way to getting unlimited talk, text and 10GB of shared data for $160 a month. Verizon has matched this deal for some of its Verizon Edge subscribers. To qualify, customers must buy a bucket of 10GB of data or more each month, and use an unsubsidized phone. The change made by Big Red is that instead of charging $20 for each smartphone line to those who qualify, Verizon will be charging $15. For a family of four, that is $60. Add $100 for a 10GB bucket o' data, and it equals the $160 that AT&T is advertising.

While the new pricing is effective immediately, it will not change the pricing for current Verizon subscribers. And those who buy an 8GB bucket of data or less, will still have to pay $20 per line instead of the discounted $15. Verizon's new pricing is also available for a limited time only.

Like Verizon's plan, the AT&T deal, which you can see advertised in the video below, only works for those who bring an unsubsidized phone to the table. That means that you either have to be an AT&T Next subscriber (similar to Verizon Edge), or BYOD. 

source: Verizon via FierceWireless



1. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Could somebody help me understand the current structure of Verizon's plans? I'm currently paying $40 per smartphone line on my Verizon Share Everything plan. Am I to understand that the line access charge is now only $20 per month? Or is it $20 per month if you buy your phone off contract, but still $40 if you get your phone on contract? Or is it something else entirely...

2. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Hummm... The way I understand it, and I am also at a loss with you because I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan that I plan on not letting go of willingly (or until they kick me off of), is the way the share/ more everything (or whatever they are calling it today) works is that the line access charge for a subsidized priced smartphone on a 2 year service contract is $40.00 a month (and that is not including what they charge for data). Now if someone were to forgo the 2 year service agreement and by a phone on the Verizon edge program (which I feel is a total ripoff), pay VZW's bloated overpricing for a phone then they, or buy a Verizon branded handset from somewhere else (such as eBay or Craigslist) to activate on the Verizon network then VZW will drop the smartphone line access charge from $40.00 to $20.00. So what this story is reporting is that if someone were a new customer of VZW, they activated a new line(s) and satisfied the above conditions then they would get this "limited time deal" (if that is what you would want to call it) that would switch the smartphone line access charge from $40.00>$20.00>$15.00 per month. I hope this helps you.

15. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Exia...youre info is incorrect. Bringing your own device will not lower the line access charge. Only being on the EDGE program will lower it $10 (8GB or lower) or $20 (10GB or higher). For some customers, being on the EDGE program will lower line access by $25 (10GB or higher plans). Buying a phone from places like Ebay or Craigslist will only allow you to keep your unlimited data. I hope THIS helps YOU.

10. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This article is incorrect. If your on a 8 gig plan or lower and on edge then you recieve a $10 dollar discount. It is still $40 per phone minus the $10 which makes it $30. Not $20. If your on a 10 gig plan or higher you will get $25 off each phone. Making the $40, $15 per phone instead. no where ever is any phone $20. Now just like Att these have to be phone on edge not a contract to get the discount. So if you are already on edge then just call verizon they will adjust you. Unlike what the article says you will get the discount. Ofcounrse unless you signed a 2 yr agreement to get the discount on the phone. basically you get a discount on the phone or plan, not both. In my mind this is a scam tmobile started and dumb customers feel for it so att jumped on bored and vzw started losing people to false advertisement so vzw had no choice but to do the gimmick plans as well. In the end you usually pay more overall for the plan months and for the phone.

3. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Except Verizon doesn't let you bring your own device, while att does.

4. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

You can bring your own device, but it has to be one that works on their network (a Verizon branded handset with their frequencies). So you could buy one off of eBay or your local Craigslist that is new or used at a lower price than what VZW would charge you and activate it on VZW's network and receive a discount from the $40.00 smartphone line access charge to $20.00 AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY LOCKED INTO A SERVICE AGREEMENT. If you are locked in to a service agreement then your are pretty well screwed until your contract has ended. Now when VZW switches up their network from their CDMA/LTE network to an LTE-A network then by the rules set by the FCC (C-block spectrum auction rules) Verizon would be obligated BY LAW to let any cellphone that uses LTE-A and would work on their network to be used on their network. What this means is that if you buy a LTE-A capable phone from another carrier that has the frequencies that VZW uses programed in to the phones modem, then Verizon would be compelled by the law to let you use it on their network. This is all assuming that the law is followed of course and we all know how that goes sometimes.

11. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

incorrect Nofanboy you can bring your own device. it just has to be a verizon device or cdma capable and unlocked. Just like Att has to be a Gsm phone and unlocked.

5. verizonalways1515

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

That is incorrect. You must be an edge customer to get the discount. BYOD does not apply. Also it's 15 per line if you have 10 gb or more and 30 per line if it's 8 gb of less.

6. daveydog

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

This is Verizon's lure to get you use edge and it sucks. As soon as you pay off device, they raise your service fees. Att deal is better.

12. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Incorrect daveydog Att is exactly the same they are both a gimmick. If you are past the 24 months and device is paid off then the bill goes back to reg price unless you get another device. Which should be a no brainer to get a new device then since it is the same price,.

16. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

Actually with at&t once you pay off your installment you still keep your monthly savings of $15 or $25 per line. The whole idea is to have people pay less for their plan if they are out of contract because at&t wants customers to pay full price for phones so they can stop subsidizing phones. So no at&t's plans are not like Verizon's!

7. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

This shell game is exactly why I left Verizon. Was with them for 10 years but competition is catching up to them. Not to mention that I am going to save about $100 a month.

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

We all have T-mobile to thank for shaking up the loaded price schemes of mobile carriers.

8. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

BYOD, as long as it's a CDMA device, is pathetic. Not only aren't such devices widely available, when they are, it's only in N. America, the cartels' paradise.

13. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Incorrect Augustine. Lots of people on this page are misinformed. gsm is more popular world wide yes. but if you look at the more advanced countrys like china or japan they use mostly cdma because it is more reliable for calls. Soon that will change thou once lte A comes out. then everyone will use gsm. Verizon phones are the only phones that use both gsm and cdma which is why they are more expensive and less companies make them. Also why they work in more places and will work for any company where Att phones only work for att. You get what you pay for. Gsm is cheaper to make. thats why u see more crappy gsm phones.

14. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Wrong. In both Japan and China and Korea the CDMA carriers are minor ones, with most using GSM. And AT&T sports as reliable calls as Verizon, so your point is denied by facts. Besides, HSPA is much faster than EVDO.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I'm curious about something.... BYOD for no different than me having an old Verizon phone and activating it on my account. Many of us has done this for years to take advantage of certain loopholes for upgrades. me means I can bring an AT&T phone and use on T Mo and vice versa. An unlocked phone and use on a carrier. IMO I dont think BYOD for GSM carriers can be compared to BYOD for CDMA ones. Its alot easier for me to take an AT&T, T Mo phone and use on one of the GSM pre paid carriers vs a Verizon and Sprint phone on a CDMA carrier.

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